CLEVELAND, Ohio — The mother of Tamir Rice plans to hold a press conference Friday in which she and her attorneys will call for a special prosecutor to be appointed to take over the case.
Tamir Rice, 12, was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer Nov. 22, 2014, in the playground area of the Cudell Recreation Center. Officers were responding to a report of a male with a gun and fired. They later learned Rice’s gun was airsoft.
Reports compiled by expert witnesses reviewing the shooting were released on Saturday. The witnesses concluded that the officer’s use of deadly force” falls within the realm of reasonableness.”
The expert reviews will not determine if there are any charges filed. Prosecutor Tim McGinty has said that use of force cases that result in death will all go to grand juries for decision on whether charges will be filed.
A news release from Samaria Rice and her attorneys stated, in part:
“At 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015, the prosecutor released purported “expert” reports that ignored crucial facts and were skewed in favor of exonerating the officers.
Ms. Rice and her counsel will discuss the prosecutor’s behavior, the taint placed upon the
process, and the diminished prospect of obtaining criminal justice for Tamir. They will also call
for the Prosecutor’s Office to step aside and for a special prosecutor to be appointed.”
**For the entire release, click here**
The press conference will be held at noon at the Justice Center.